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You don’t need to be born a royalty, get an education or become a Hollywood star in order to get mind-boggling paychecks. All you have to do is catch the audience’s attention with your YouTube videos. Surprisingly enough, you don’t have to come up with something extraordinary to get extreme popularity online. YouTube celebs are often offering something very simple but very much-needed by the mainstream audience.

The sweet attraction of such “profession” is that it doesn’t require any investments or special skills. All you need to do is stream your videos and get YouTube likes. Sounds simple? It’s not. Popularity is a fickle lady and it’s hard to become her favorite. There are no step-by-step tutorials. Only a few people managed to become famous by doing virtually nothing. Let’s take a look at some of them.


#1. PewDiePie


PewDiePie whose real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg was born on October 24th, 1989 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He dropped out of Chalmers University of Technology to pursue the career as a YouTube personality. Felix’s channel has over 50 million subscribers. PewDiePie plays video games and streams his commentary and reactions while playing. His charisma and obnoxiousness made him the most popular YouTube persona on the planet. His monthly paycheck is $1 million.


#2. Roman Atwood

Roman Artwood

Roman Atwood was born in Millersport, Ohio on May 28th, 1983. He started filming videos in high school and never went to college. He is a professional prankster who films his pranks and shows them on his two YouTube channels. Atwood has over 20 million subscribers. Besides earning money on YouTube videos, Roman owns a company that sells t-shirts. He is married and has three children. Roman’s monthly paycheck is $650,000.


#3. Lilly Singh

Lilly Singh

Lilly Singh was born on September 26th, 1988 in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from York University and pursued an acting career. Her YouTube work began in 2010. On her two channels she films interesting segments, including her conversations with other celebrity and her everyday life. Lilly has over 10 million subscribers. She won Social Superstar of the Year at

MTV Fandom Awards and First Person at Streamy awards. Singh also finds time for music and acting but her main income comes from the YouTube videos. Lilly’s monthly paycheck is $625,000.


#4. Tyler Oakley

Tyler Oakley was born in Jackson, Michigan on March 22nd, 1989. He studied marketing and social media at Michigan State University. His career took off in 2007 when he was just a freshman. Oakley is a humorist and does comedy skits for his 8 million YouTube subscribers. Oakley also does live shows. His monthly paycheck is $500,000.


#5. Rosanna Pansino

Rosanna Pansino

Rosanna Pansino was born in Seattle, Washington on June 8th, 1985. She got famous for her YouTube baking show Nerdy Nummies. Pansino always wanted to pursue an acting career and was even cast for small roles in two TV series. However, her kitchen skills are what bringing her the popularity and the money. Rosanna has over 7 million subscribers. She even released a cookbook that appeared on the New York Times’ Bestseller List. Her monthly paycheck is $500,000.




Sketch comedians Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla were born in 1987. They are known by the name of SMOSH. In 2005 they started posting videos on YouTube and their career as YouTube personalities soared through the roof. They currently have over 22 million subscribers. They are the first YouTubers whose wax figures are featured at Madame Tussauds museum. Each of them gets a monthly paycheck of $291,000.


#7. Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 11th, 1987. She graduated from  Ringling College of Art and Design. Michelle started her career as a YouTube personality in 2005. On her YouTube channel, Phan offers various beauty tutorials. Over the past 11 years, Michelle uploaded more than 380 videos. She has over 8 million subscribers. Phan won Streamy Award for Inspiration Icon Award and Shorty Award for Best YouTube Guru. She continues earning huge amounts of money every day. Her monthly paycheck is $250,000.

Most of these YouTubers created their careers out of nothing. That’s another thing that makes them so popular. Their success makes people believe in magic!